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I’m Not A Political Godfather – Oshiomhole

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole has denied installing himself as a godfather in Edo politics.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole has denied installing himself as a godfather in Edo politics.

The former Edo State governor denied while responding to questions from journalists on Sunday. He led delegates to see President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.


While reacting to the crisis in Edo State APC, Oshiomhole dared them to present a proof that he was the new godfather, adding that he fought godfatherism in Edo politics, and enhanced one man one vote campaign to fight rigging.

He said, “What is the evidence? It’s all about the accusation. They have to give you the particulars of that godfatherism. What’s the evidence? I am a Democrat. That I accept the credit, not only that, I fought godfatherism.

“By the special grace of God under PDP with Anenih alive, and at his best, I won all the 18 local government areas and I won 95 percent of the total votes cast in my second term election.

“So, Edo people know me and I know them. I don’t need short-cut to sustain my position in the system. But you know that there is nobody in Nigeria who is not open to accusations. The important thing is that he who accuses should give you proofs.“

Oshiomhole spoke on the crisis that recently and still rocking the Edo State House of Assembly. He expressed disgust over the few members who elected leadership of the house without the majority.

“You know that what happened in Edo was that they did not publicize a proclamation letter, the members were not informed, they did the inauguration at 9:30 pm in what in a Supreme Court judgement they call nocturnal hours. Business of parliament are done transparently; they are not secret cult. Now you have 24 member House, 19 members protested.

“You have six and you carry people in their short knickers, even in the House they have rules, the dress code.

“So, it happened in Edo, it has happened in Bauchi. Like Edo, Bauchi used the minority of 10 to go and proclaim the House and lockout 20 APC members and got those 10 people to elect, exactly the way Edo did with 6 and then co opted other 3 people to become 9 and even at that, it is nonsense.

“For us these are completely illegal. And that is why we said so. If it is wrong, it is wrong whether it is done by APC or by PDP.

“I believe by the end of the day, the solution is to return to the rule of law. Let’s properly follow the law; let the parliament do what they have to do but people have the right to lobby for people they want and whom they prefer. This is also legitimate.”

He added “We have an APC Senator, who in spite of all the efforts invested by all our leaders including Mr President, insisted that he will contest.

“The law allowed him so, we couldn’t stop him. The President could have said ok SSS please find excuse to invite him for questioning the day before; put him away until the elections are over. But we won’t do that.

“That is not the change we promised. The change we promised is to try to improve in the ways public institutions are managed and how rules are implemented. I believe that it will be resolved.”


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